The science fiction short film, ‘Real Artists’, stars renowned actress Tamlyn Tomita (‘Four Rooms’, ‘The Joy Luck Club’, ‘The Day After Tomorrow’) and marks the debut of Tiffany Hines (‘Bones’) in a sci-fi indie role. ‘Real Artists’ premiered on March 2, 2017 at Cinequest in San Jose, CA. The film will play a total of four times throughout the festival.
Sophia, a young animator, is offered what should be her dream job. But when she discovers the truth of the modern “creative” process, she must make a hard choice about her passion for film. Set in an unsettling tomorrow, ‘Real Artists’ is the new sci-fi short film from award-winning director/screenwriter, Cameo Wood (‘Dukha in Summer’), and based on the short story by ‘Hugo’, ‘Nebula’ and ‘World Fantasy’ winning author, Ken Liu (‘The Grace of Kings’). In addition to pushing boundaries by exploring technological issues that are about to radically change the film industry, ‘Real Artists’ was made with a cast & crew that consisted of 75% women and 50% people of color.
Says Director Wood, “We felt it was the right time to take a hard look at the issues surrounding the future of work, film making, and what it may be like to collaborate with an AI. We’re envisioning a near future when it’s more efficient to have an artificial intelligence create a film and test it on a human audience.”
Cameo Wood is a lifelong lover of science fiction, with an academic background to boot. She has studied artificial intelligence and neuroscience at Bard and Duke and even did the first “Original Imitation Game” (aka Turing Test). Cameo continues to work closely with a community of scientists and storytellers, including ‘The Long Now Foundation’, a group that fosters long term thinking. Star, Tamlyn Tomita, made her screen debut in ‘The Karate Kid Part II’ and continued to create rich and engrossing characters in feature films, such as ‘Come See the Paradise’ opposite Dennis Quaid, the film adaptation of Amy Tan’s bestselling novel ‘The Joy Luck Club’, her distinguished work in ‘Picture Bride’ (Audience Award winner, 1995 Sundance Film Festival) and ‘Four Rooms’ opposite Antonio Banderas. She can currently been seen playing Noshiko Yukimura in ‘Teen Wolf’, on MTV and, in Fall of 2016, on EPIX in the new series Berlin Station with Richard Artimage.
‘Real Artists’ co-star, Tiffany Hines, is known for her memorable television roles as Birdie Scott on ‘Beyond the Break’, Michelle Welton on ‘Bones’, Didi Miller on ‘Devious Maids’, Jaden on ‘Nikita’ and Kelly Baptiste on ‘Damien’. She is filming the new show ’24: Legacy’ as Aisha, starring Corey Hawkins, which will premiere in 2017.
“It sounds so out there, but we are technologically advanced these days and who knows, maybe it’s just around the corner. It’s kind of scary to think about.” Hines says.